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  • Celebrate Israel Festival’s top Jews of L.A.

    By JewishJournal

    April 22, 2013 | 2:28 pm

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  • What Israel means to me

    April 19, 2013 | 11:28 am

    Pinpointing what makes people so passionate about Israel is no easy thing, perhaps because there are so many options. 

    It is the Jewish state, the only political entity in the world where Jews are a majority. It is the historical home of the Jewish people, the land of King David...

  • In praise of pastrami

    By Gina Nahai

    January 30, 2013 | 1:57 pm

    You know you’re getting old when every meal starts and ends with an admonition about how food will kill you. 

    For a few years now, whenever my friends and I sit down to eat, the conversation veers toward illness, and how to avoid it, and somehow, it all comes down to food. No...

  • The no-alternative Israeli elections

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 16, 2013 | 11:09 am

    The story of the upcoming Israeli elections, which will take place on Jan. 22, can be written in many different ways. 

    One is with an eye to the small numbers, a story of preserving the political status quo: Back in 2009, the Kadima Party got 28 mandates. In 2013, if polls are to...

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  • Why I am a Zionist

    January 9, 2013 | 11:01 am

    There can’t have been more than half a dozen of them. Crowded as usual near the railings of St. John’s church graveyard in the center of town, the Côr Cochion (Reds Choir) were known of old to shoppers in Cardiff, Wales’ capital city, where I still live and work. Every weekend,...

  • A week on the Florida campaign trail

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 24, 2012 | 11:07 am

    Day One: Departing Israel

    Spending a week in Florida on the eve of a presidential election has become a habit for me — one I cherish. Meeting the elderly women who suddenly become interested in politics; attending synagogues, to which the candidates flock in droves to speak;...

  • A young chef’s guide to the Rosh Hashanah meal

    By Michael Israel

    September 5, 2012 | 10:29 am

    Considering the history of the Jewish people, the fact that Jews are still celebrating the High Holy Days today is a miracle in itself. Strong traditions and lasting rituals have enabled Jews to survive the most threatening periods of history. With the freedoms we have as modern...

  • The Architect and the Rabbi: Wilshire Boulevard Renovation is a Collaboration, History Lesson

    By Susan Freudenheim

    August 1, 2012 | 10:59 am

    Early on a recent Wednesday morning, architect Brenda Levin bounded up the metal steps temporarily installed at the center of the historic sanctuary of Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Leading the way up 10 flights — that’s 100 feet — she climbed to the normally inaccessible domed...

  • Tinseltown and Tel Aviv partner in (show)business

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 10, 2012 | 10:02 am

    In 2008, “BeTipul” became the first ever Israeli format to become an American television series as HBO’s “In Treatment”. Four years later, Showtime’s “Homeland,” based on the Israeli format “Hatufim” won the best television series Golden Globe. Inspired by the success of those two...

  • Is the bookstore dead?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 30, 2011 | 6:47 pm

    On Dec. 31, when the Barnes & Noble at the corner of Pico and Westwood boulevards closes its doors for the last time, the “people of the book” and everyone else who lives on the Westside of Los Angeles will move one step closer to becoming the “people without a bookstore.”

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  • Rack ‘em up

    November 18, 2011 | 4:04 pm

    A mural of shadowy black silhouettes covers the wall with just one splash of color: a solitary red man. As the jazz-era-style mural stretches along the length of the restaurant, it follows the red man as he meets a lone red woman, and they end up sharing a table ... and a drink. The...

  • Can young Jews give as good as they get?

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    November 9, 2011 | 5:28 pm

    On the last day of a Birthright alumni mission to Israel last year, participants got a taste of something that was not a part of their initial trip to Israel: a fundraising pitch.

    Birthright is credited with reframing the formative Jewish years for 200,000 young North Americans who...

  • Turning 100: Los Angeles Jewish Home has ambitious growth plans

    By Ryan E. Smith

    September 14, 2011 | 1:09 pm

    There are nearly 500 people waiting for a bed at L.A.’s largest senior living facility, the Los Angeles Jewish Home. Waiting, in many cases, for someone to die.

    “It’s very depressing,” said Marlene Markheim, 80, of Encino. “We know that there’s a waiting list, and when a...

  • Laughter: It’s the best medicine in Rogen’s ‘50/50’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 7, 2011 | 11:01 am

    In a back booth at Canter’s, Seth Rogen is digging into his matzah ball soup with gusto as his close friend, screenwriter Will Reiser, sips a glass of club soda. In person, Rogen — who has emerged as one of the leading comic actors, writers and producers of his generation —...

  • The shul that fits

    By Rachel Heller

    August 19, 2011 | 3:30 pm

    It happens most Friday nights. I close my laptop, pack stray work-related thoughts into my mental filing cabinet and begin to decompress for the weekend, when an insistent pang starts tugging at my brain. Something, I’ve long felt, is missing.

    Several months ago, I finally put my...

  • New age or new edge

    July 22, 2011 | 3:48 pm

    You’re getting sleeeeepy. Verrry sleeeepy.

    Then — bam! — it’s all over, and you’ve delivered a baby.

    OK, it’s not nearly as easy as that, but you might be surprised by how hypnosis is being used these days. It’s not just about getting people to stop smoking or lose...

  • Valley and Proud: Valley Savvy

    By Rachel Heller

    May 20, 2011 | 12:58 pm

    If it’s happening in the San Fernando Valley, chances are Karen Young knows about it. Not only that — she’s probably already been there, chatted with the bigwigs and written up a whip-smart recap for her thousands of online readers.

    Young, a spirited connoisseur of all things...

  • Why Israel Matters

    May 3, 2011 | 7:21 pm

    Zionism is like democracy. Winston Churchill said that democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the other kinds, and the same can be said, on its 63rd birthday, of the State of Israel. The Zionist project, in 2011, may be shot through with thorny problems, but it is...

  • Rhea Kohan: No one spits in her kids’ Kasha

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 3, 2011 | 7:15 pm

    Sunday afternoon at the Kohan home is one of those classic portraits of familial bliss: Children are screaming, singing and scurrying about, clamoring for attention, eager to play, while the adults assembled in the kitchen are trying to have a coherent conversation. Clearly, a tall...

  • The art of success

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 25, 2011 | 1:12 pm

    At a quarter to 7 in the morning, 32-year-old Israeli financier Dovi Frances pulls up in his nightshade Mercedes Benz — a fitting color since it’s still dark outside — on his way to run a company meeting in Santa Barbara. When the passenger door opens, a blast of hip-hop music...

  • Making (radio) waves

    By Orit Arfa

    April 25, 2011 | 1:06 pm

    While local news broadcasters debated the West Coast repercussions of the Japanese earthquake, Radio Kol America’s Dudi Caspi, sitting with headphones and a microphone at the station’s North Hollywood studio, posed a different question: Could a tsunami hit Tel Aviv? 

    Making...

  • Goldstone’s retraction should be a watershed moment

    April 5, 2011 | 7:21 pm

    Better late than never, but not much better. How else can one respond to the belated retraction by Judge Richard Goldstone of the key allegations in the outrageous report he authored into Israel’s Operation Cast Lead against Hamas terrorists in Gaza in December 2008 and January...

  • Single mom by choice

    By Rachel Heller

    March 16, 2011 | 1:29 pm

    Thirty-two: That was the deadline, and Danit was sticking to it. That was the age, she’d decided, when she would finally heed her maternal impulse – husband or not.

    Danit (not her real name) had always known motherhood was her calling. For years, she worked at her mother’s...

  • Is Egypt the next Iran?

    February 16, 2011 | 1:16 pm

    More than the storm sweeping through Tunisia in January, February’s events in Egypt leading to the stepping-down of President Hosni Mubarak stunned the world. Thirty years of autocratic rule came down in a matter of 18 days.

    The domino effect, threatening to cause the downfall of...

  • Entrepreneurial spirit

    February 15, 2011 | 11:03 am

    Let’s hear it for lemonade stands!

    Forty-two percent of entrepreneurs surveyed in a study said their first business venture was during their childhood.


    The current three richest people in America are all entrepreneurs

    Bill Gates – $54 billion net worth

    Warren Buffett –...

  • A story of unconditional friendship

    January 27, 2011 | 2:48 pm

    I met Robin on Passover in 2000. We were both crossing a busy street in Beverly Hills carrying covered dishes, my 6-year-old was holding on to the edge of my skirt, and I asked if she was going to the same seder we were. It was my first Passover in Los Angeles, and now I realize it...

  • Best-Friend bonding

    January 27, 2011 | 2:29 pm

    It’s the same routine every year: To plan the obligatory Valentine’s Day date, you and your significant other run through a list of restaurants you haven’t tried and movies you haven’t seen. This year, why not shake things up? Share the occasion with someone who also loves...

  • Retract your mom claws

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    January 26, 2011 | 12:10 pm

    Amy “Tiger Mother” Chua might want to cover her ears right now because clinical psychologist Wendy Mogel has a message for parents that would likely send Chua into one of those shrieking fits she reserves for her daughters’ subpar piano practices, or a verboten A-minus.

    Here...

  • Volume 25, Number 43

    By Jay Firestone

    December 14, 2010 | 6:59 pm

  • Take our spoof, please

    March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Spoof Cover

    My neighbor asked me to throw away any newspapers on her driveway while she was away. So, I have been picking up The Jewish Journal for two weeks. I was shocked by the cover with Ann Coulter appearing as a date with a plastic looking Jesus (Cover, March 21).

    I couldn't...
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